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Post-Game Notes:

Chattanooga 60, Western Carolina 36

Finley Stadium / Davenport Field

Chattanooga, Tenn.

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019

Att: 7,636

With the Loss …

- Western Carolina dropped to 1-3 overall on the season and 0-2 to start the Southern Conference schedule … It’s the first, 0-2 start to league play for the Catamounts since the 2016 season when WCU dropped a neutral field road game at ETSU at Bristol Motor Speedway (L, 34-31) and a home meeting with ninth-ranked The Citadel (L, 37-14);

- Western Carolina has dropped back-to-back games in the head-to-head series with Chattanooga – and have suffered 10 losses in the past 11 series meetings dating back to 2009;

- The Catamounts suffered a ninth-straight defeat in Southern Conference play dating back to last season … the nine-straight conference losses ranks as the third-longest active skid behind Brown, which has endured 15-straight losses in Ivy League play and Robert Morris with 14-straight losses in Northeast Conference action;

- WCU has lost seven-consecutive road games dating back to last season, tied for the 10th-longest active drought in the NCAA FCS.

Post-Game Notes:

- Western Carolina amassed a season-high 497 yards of total offense in the road loss at Chattanooga … It was the second time this season that the Catamounts had eclipsed the 400-yard plateau, finishing with 445 yards of total offense in the season-opener against Mercer …

- WCU combined to rush for 423 yards at Chattanooga, the most for the offense since amassing 488 yards on the ground in the home win over Davidson on Sept. 9, 2017;

- Chattanooga’s 60 points were the fifth-most allowed by the Catamounts to a Southern Conference team all time … the two squads combined for 96 points (UTC 60, WCU 36) on Saturday, the fifth-most in a single-game at WCU;

- Senior RB Connell Young rushed for a career-high 217 yards on a career-best 24 carries at Chattanooga … His 200-yard effort marks just the 14th time in WCU history that a back has eclipsed the 200-yard plateau while his 217 yards represents the eighth-best single-game performance in program history – and WCU’s first 200-yard rusher since Detrez Newsome went for a school single-game record 288 in the home win over Davidson (Sept. 9, 2017);

- Young’s 217 yards represented the second 100-yard rushing performance of his WCU career … the Greensboro, N.C., native first eclipsed the century yard mark with 105 yards on the ground a season ago at Gardner-Webb … His 217 yard output also represents the SIXTH-best individual single-game performance in the NCAA FCS and the best in the Southern Conference this season;

- WCU redshirt QB Tyrie Adams returned to the field after a two-game team suspension … Adams accounted for two touchdowns – one rushing, one passing – giving him responsibility of 71 TDs in his career, tying him for ninth in Southern Conference history with Georgia Southern’s Greg Hill (71, 1966-99) … Adams’ WCU school-record 56 career passing TDs tie him for eighth in SoCon history with former ETSU QB Greg Ryan (56, 1993-96);

- With 61 rushing yards on Saturday, Adams now has 2,205 yards in his career – a mere five yards shy of matching former Catamount tailback Leonard Williams (2,210 yards from 1979-83) for 10th in program history;

- WCU tight end Owen Cosenke hauled in a 17-yard TD pass from Tyrie Adams late in the third quarter, pulling the Catamounts back to within eight points … the TD catch is the second of the season for Cosenke – and the 11th of his WCU career;

- Western Carolina’s first two scores against Chattanooga included trick-plays … WCU legacy Curtis Roach popped tall from his holder position on a would-be field goal attempt from the UTC 14-yard line, rushing 11 yards to the three – two plays later, QB Will Jones plunged in from a yard out for his second rushing TD of the season to give WCU a 7-6 lead … WCU’s second score came on a 69-yard fake punt rush by RB / P Caleb Ferguson, his first career score and the longest rush of his collegiate career;

- Ferguson’s 69-yard rush on the fake punt was WCU’s longest run from scrimmage this season – and the longest since Donnavan Spencer broke off a 75-yard rush against The Citadel in 2018;

- Ferguson added two punts for an average of 43.5 yards including a career-long boot of 51 yards … Brandon Dickerson returned to the lineup after missing the North Greenville game due to illness, punting once

- WCU started a perfect 5-for-5 on fourth-down conversions before a fourth-quarter attempt on the final down failed as a Tyrie Adams rush off the right side was stopped just shy of the line to gain … WCU finished 5-for-6 (83.3%) on fourth down at UTC … WCU entered the game at 2-for-3 (67.7%) on fourth down, now 7-for-9 (78%) on the season;

- Senior DB John Brannon recorded his second interception of the season in the first quarter, setting up WCU’s first touchdown of the game … Brannon now has six career interceptions;

- Redshirt freshman K Richard McCollum punched through a career-best four PATs while also handling all of the kickoff duties for the Catamounts, kicking six times with one touchback and no returns;

- Western Carolina wore its new white jerseys over the new gold pants at UTC ... It was the first time that the Catamounts had gone with the white over gold combination since November 17, 2012, in a road game at Alabama.

Miscellaneous Notes:

- WCU’s team captains for Saturday’s evening’s game were: senior WR #2 Nate Mullen, redshirt sophomore QB #15 Will Jones, senior DB #19 Devarius Cortner, and redshirt senior DB #22 JerMichael White;

- Sweetwater, Tenn., native OL #79 Bailey Byrum carried out the American flag and senior DB #19 Devarius Cortner carried the “All You Got” flag when the Catamounts took the field on Saturday;

-  Western Carolina won the coin toss and elected to defer on Saturday; Chattanooga received the opening kickoff.

 

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